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Volume 81, No. 3 — — i 



Students share their opinions on 
President Obama's handling of the 
Syrian crisis. 

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What's college life like for a 
21-year-old freshman? 

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Press 53 writers and publisher 
will host readings and workshops 
at LVC on September 26. 

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Alcohol Policy Q&A 

Greg Krikorian answers questions about new alcohol policy 

Amber Shay ' 1 5 

Staff Writer 

Greg Krikorian, Vice President 
of Student Affairs and Dean of 
Students, sat down with La Vie 
Collegienne for a Q&A on the 
changes to the colleges Alcohol 

With the advent of 
breathalyzers, changes have been 
made to the policy in order to allow 
underage students to responsibly 
interact with other students who 
are of drinking age. 

After Student Government 
expressed to La Vie that there was 
still some confusion among students 
about the policy, Krikorian agreed 
to clarify what these changes are. 

See Q&A | Page 3 

Gregory Renner '15 / LA VIE 


LVC's new alcohol policy allows students to take voluntary breathalyzer 
tests in order to determine if underage students in the presence of alcohol 
were drinking. Above, Brent Oberholtzer, Director of Public Safety, 
administers a breathalyzer test to himself. 

Forced Triples: Why Does LVC Have Them? 

and seven have been de-tripled, 
leaving 10 'forced' triples with 30 
students in them/' says Michael 
Diesner, Director of Residential 

The cost of room and board 
for traditional housing at LVC 
for the 2013-2014 school year is 
$9,530; however, students who 
are placed into expanded housing 
receive compensation for 
their forced housing situation. 
"Students who live in triples 
are refunded $48 per week that 
they are in the triples. Once they 
are moved to a traditional space 
or turn down the opportunity 
to be in a traditional space, the 
refunds stop," Diesner said. 

How is it determined which 
students are put into expanded 

Hannah Stone '16 

Staff Writer 
Mi c heal Moll '14 

Contributing Writer 

Over the summer, freshmen 
receive their rooming 
assignments in the mail and 
discover where they will be living 
and who their roommates will be. 
Most students are paired with a 
single roommate; however, some 
freshmen are expected to live 
with two roommates, sometimes 
in rooms that were only meant 
for two students. 

"We began the year with 72 
students in expanded housing 
(24 triples). We have offered 
traditional spaces to students in 
14 of those triples. Seven of the 
triples chose to stay together 


"Students are put into 
expanded housing based on 
when they enrolled," said 
Diesner. "The later a student 
enrolls at LVC the most likely 
they are to be assigned an 
expanding housing space." 

Throughout the year, these 
students are offered traditional 
spaces as they become available 
in the opposite order that they 
were assigned. The students who 
enrolled first at LVC would be 
offered another room first. 

On the other hand, many 
students choose to stay in their 
extended housing. "It gets tight 
at times, but we love our third 
roommate, so it works out really 
well. Space isn't much of an issue 


September 18, 2013 

LVC Uses 
Breathalyzers in 
New Alcohol Policy 

Aaron Cummins '14 

Contributing Writer 

LVC Public Safety Officers 
have included breathalyzers in 
their arsenal to combat underage 
drinking. As part of the new 
alcohol policy developed last 
spring, breathalyzers were 
implemented at the beginning of 
the current semester, according 
to Brent Oberholtzer, Director 
of Public Safety. 

Under the college's previous 
alcohol policy, students under 
the age of 21 were not permitted 
to be present where alcohol 
was being served or consumed, 
except if they were with a 
roommate who was 21 or older. 

But under the new policy, an 
underage student may be in the 
presence of alcohol as long as 
he or she is not possessing or 

Public Safety may ask 
students to take a voluntary 
breathalyzer test in order to 
prove or disprove if an underage 
student has consumed alcohol 
or to determine if an intoxicated 
individual needs medical 
assistance, in the case that they 
have .2 or higher Blood Alcohol 
Content (BAC). 

Students have the right to 
refuse to take the test. It is 
important to note that according 
to the student handbook, it is 
not Public Safety's job to ask a 
student take a breathalyzer test, 
but it is the individual student's 
responsibility to request one. 

After a student requests a 
test, he or she must have a BAC 


2 La Vie Collegienne September 18, 2013 


Map-WORKS Helps Freshmen Transition into College 

Melissa Pavone '14 

Staff Writer 

Hoping to ease students into 
college life, the Admissions staff 
is urging incoming freshmen to 
participate in a program aimed 
at creating a seamless transition 
into college and identifying 
students who may need some 
special attention. 

MAP-Works, or Making 
Achievement Possible, is 
a retention platform that, 
according to its website, 
"empowers faculty and staff 
to positively impact student 
success and retention by 
identifying at-risk students early 
in the term. It efficiently and 
effectively provides faculty and 
staff the information they need 
to identify and coordinate with 
at-risk students." 

The MAP-Works surveys 
were distributed via e-mail to 
all freshmen and participation 
is voluntary. The surveys target 
sleeping and study habits, 
roommate compatibility, 
homesickness, test anxiety, 
academic and social integration, 
and on or off campus life. 

LVC started using the program 
in the 2011-12 academicyear and 
saw an increase in the number of 
students who participated in the 
2012-2013 academic year from 
the number of students who 
participated the first year. 

In the first year, 71.4 percent 
of freshman students took the 

Fall Transition Survey, 35.9 
percent took the Fall Check-up 
Survey, and 46.8 percent took 
the Spring Check-Up Survey. In 
the second year, 88.1 percent 
took the first survey, 75.1 
percent took the second, and 
77.2 percent took the third. 

"The most critical is the first 
survey, which is three weeks 
into the fall semester," Sue 
Jones, Coordinator of Student 
Retention, says. "The point is 
to identify and quickly outreach 
with students who are in distress 
or may be struggling with their 
transition to LVC, in the hopes 
of guiding them to resources and 
getting them on track to satisfy 
their goals." 

Resources are available for 
freshman students who show 
signs of distress. 

"The beauty of MAP-Works 
is that it is built on logical 
connections, so every one 
of our first-time freshman is 
connected to a minimum of 
three staff members," Jones 
said. Jones is one of those 
connections. Students living on 
campus are also connected with 
Michael Diesner, the Director 
of Residential Life, and their 
Area Coordinator. Commuters 
are connected with Jones, as 
well as Todd Snovel, Associate 
Director of Student Activities 
and Engagement, and Jen Evans, 
Director of Student Activities. 

Shannon Brandt, Assistant 
Dean of Student Success and 

Advising, is a resource available 
for open major students, 
while Venus Ricks, Director of 
Multicultural Affairs, connects 
with multicultural students and 
the athletic coaches with student 

"The survey also helps gives 
students a frame of reference," 
Jones said. "It helps to give them 
a pat on the back, show they are 
pursuing academics the way they 
should be; they're pursuing their 
health the way they should be. 
The most important thing for 
them is feedback." 

Students who participate 
in the survey also have the 
chance to win great prizes. The 
residence hall with the highest 
participation will get a pizza 
party. The first five males and 
the first five females to complete 
the survey will receive a $10 
Barnes and Noble gift card. Two 
commuters will be randomly 
selected to have designated 
parking places behind Keister for 
the fall semester. Two resident 
students will be randomly 
selected to have designated 
parking places in the Red Lot. 
Winners will be announced after 
the close of the survey. 

The survey opened on Sept. 
12 and closes on Sept. 24. 
For questions or additional 
information, contact Sue Jones 
at sjones(2) 



Forced Triples: What freshmen think of expanded housing 

Continued from Page 1 

and neither is privacy. It helps 
having a third roommate to add 
to your collection of things like 
food, posters, and other stuff for 
the room," Austin Minnich '17 

Diesner says that there are no 
plans to build a new residence 
hall to reduce the number 
of expanded housing spaces 
assigned to incoming freshmen. 

"Having expanded housing 
allows us to offer every single 
new student a room while also 
keeping our occupancy near or 
at 100 percent. For example, in 
July, we had assigned over 45 
expanded housing spaces. By 
opening day, that was down to 
24. On Sept. 12, it is down to 
10. By the spring semester, it 

will be down to zero. Had we 
not assigned the original 45 
expanded housing spaces, we 
could have close to 30 empty 
beds on campus right now, and 
far more in the spring," Diesner 

"It is important to keep in 
mind that we have had just as 
many students choose to stay 
in their expanded housing 
assignment as have moved into 
traditional spaces when offered," 
Diesner says. "Rather than focus 
on the amount of space you may 
or may not have in your room, 
focus on the relationships you 
are forming and the amount that 
you can learn from one another." 

"We try to share our space as 
best as we can, and it really works 
out as long as you can agree with 

everything," Austin Fairwell '17 
says. "We're all open to sharing 
everything pretty much, except 

He also offers advice for 
students in extended housing. 
"Take the time to get to know 
your roommates well, provide 
support to one another 
whenever you can, be prepared 
to compromise when needed, 
and enjoy your time together," 
he said. "You wont remember 
who brought the TV or who 
used the most closet space, but 
you will always remember the 
friends you made and the lessons 
you learned from one another." 

All information courtesy of the LVC Department of Public Safety 


9-10-13 | Mund 

Fire alarm sounded; dirty smoke detector was the cause. 

9-10-13 | North College Hall 

Feces found on front porch. 

9-10-13 | Mund 

Student felt sick. 

9-10-13 | Football Practice Fields 

Student felt chest pains at football practice. 

9-11-13 | Funkhouser 

Interpersonal conflict. 

9-12-13 | Mund 

Smoke in Mund set off fire alarm. 

9-13-13 | Silver 

Theft of a vacuum cleaner. 

9-14-13 | Mund, Mary Green 

Suspicious individual. 

9-15 -13 | Funk West 

Simple assault. 

9-15-13 | Public Safety Office 

Keys found in Mund taken to Public Safety Office. 

Please report any suspicious activity to Public Safety at x61 11. 



Corrections & Clarifications 

In the Sept. 1 1 edition of La Vie Collegienne, the photo of the first 
football game of the year between LVC and Montclair State Uni- 
versity on the front page should have been correctly attributed to 
Charles Grove. 

In addition, in the New Sustainability Initiatives article on the Per- 
spectives page, the authors suggested that students print double- 
sided to cut the number of pages they print in half. After checking 
with IT Services, we want to clarify that printing double-sided 
will deduct the same number of pages from your printing limit as 
printing one-sided will. Deductions from your printing limit are 
based on the number of pages you print, not on the sheets of paper 
you use when printing. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

It is our continuing goal to provide readers with complete and ac- 
curate information. To that end, we welcome and encourage noti- 
fication of any mistakes. Readers who wish to submit corrections 
should send an email to lavie(o), subject line: Corrections. 

La Vie Collegienne September 18, 2013 3 


Q&A: Greg Krikorian explains changes made to LVC s alcohol policy 

Continued from Page 1 

LV: Could you give us a 
general overview of what the 
Alcohol Policy is and why it is 

GK: Sure. Well, first of all, its 
the law and as a college or any 
other entity we are required to 
comply with the law. The policy 
is relatively simple. If you are 
under the age of twenty-one you 
cannot possess, consume, or be 
under the influence of alcohol. 

LV: Why was there a change 
to the Alcohol Policy this year? 

GK: We actually worked with 
Student Government starting 
last January to look at how we 
might address the question of 
persons who are under the age 
of 21 who are in an environment 
where alcohol might be present. 
Now we have the ability to 
evaluate if that person, who is 
under 21, is in fact not violating 
the policy. It was cloudy before. 

LV: How has the advent of 
the breathalyzer changed the 

GK: In essence, what the 
Breathalyzer allows us to do is 
determine if a violation of policy 
may have occurred, or exclude 
someone from being charged. 
What the Breathalyzer does is 
evaluate whether alcohol has 
been consumed, it measures 
the intake of alcohol. What 
we have done is allow Public 
Safety to provide students the 
opportunity to be Breathalyzed. 
The student requests that, and 
the Public Safety officer will use 

that information and document 
whether or not it registers the 
use of alcohol. 

LV: With the Breathalyzer, 
does that take away the "in the 
presence of alcohol clause" in 
the policy? 

GK: The clause still exists. 
There would be a variety of 
circumstances in which we 
would still charge a student with 
that violation. If they refuse, 
or they didn t opt to take the 
Breathalyzer, for instance, and 
alcohol was present, we would 
still have a violation of college 

LV: Can Public Safety offer 
the Breathalyzer or is that 
something the students have 
to ask for themselves? 

GK: The policy states that it 
is the students' choice to take the 
Breathalyzer. We are not putting 
the responsibility on Public 
Safety. They could offer it, but 
ultimately the student, if they 
believe that they haven t violated 
a policy, should request it. And 
Public Safety, when possible, 
will accommodate that. When 
they're busy doing a variety of 
other things, that are more of 
a priority, they may continue 
to do that. Public Safety is the 
only entity that will offer the 
Breathalyzer. Residential Life 
does not carry them. 

LV: What happens if I refuse 
the Breathalyzer? 

GK: Then you will get 
charged with alleged violation 

Breathalyzers: What You Should Know 

Continued from Page 1 

of .000. If the test reads .001 or 
above, the underage student will 
be written up and charged with 
underage drinking in accordance 
with LVC policy and state law. 

Results of tests will not be 
shared with local police and 
non-students and guests will not 
be tested. 

Zach Smith '16 observed, "I 
am all for Breathalyzers. It lets 
people who are underage hang 
out with upperclassmen and not 
have to worry about getting in 

According to Oberholtzer, 
"This new policy gives the 
student body the possibility to 

Gregory Renner '15 I LA VIE 
responsibly interact with those 
who are of age." 

Thus far, the breathalyzer 
has only been used once since 
the start of the semester, 
Oberholtzer says. 



of College Policy. It will be 
judicated through the normal 
avenues that we have. 

LV: The policy states, 
"On rare occasion, students 
under 21 years of age may find 
themselves in the presence 
of alcohol but may not be 
charged with a violation/' 
What types of occasions would 
a Breathalyzer test not be 
allowed? We sort of already 
talked about that. Also, is there 
a limit to how many times you 
may use the Breathalyzer? 

GK: No, at the end of the day 
we support the idea of persons of 
varying ages being together. In 
fact the Breathalyzer is a way to 
be a little more flexible on this. 
We actually copied the policy, or 
took the practice of using it, from 
another college, Gettysburg. 
Gettysburg has employed this for 
a while now, as a way of, again, 
kind of supporting the fact that 
a person who is twenty-one may 
reside with somebody who is 
under twenty-one, maybe dating 
or involved in a relationship, or 
just friends, or whatever. So we 
are trying to find a little more 

LV: Say I am an underage 
student not consuming 
alcohol, but I am at a party 
that gets cited as being a 
disturbance or having an 
excessive amount of alcohol. I 
test .000 on the Breathalyzer. 
Do I still have to go through 
the Judicial/Student Conduct 

GK: You might, depending 
on the circumstances of the 
situation. You likely wouldn't 
face charges for the excessive 
alcohol, unless it was your room, 
that would be the responsibility 
of the owners of that space. 
Depending on the question of 
disturbing of the peace, that 
you might be part of because 
you were there, it would be hard 
to differentiate that. But the 
alcohol part of it would not be 
your responsibility. 

LV: Say I live in a suite and I 
am in my single room. I'm not 
drinking and test negative for 
alcohol. But people that are in 
their room in the suite do test 

positive. Do I still run the risk 
of getting those same charges? 

GK: You could. Again, it is 
always hard to get real specific 
about situations. I think our 
operation that is typically 
judicated by the Residential 
Life staff or Dean Mikus; we are 
going to look at fundamental 
fairness. We are going to look 
at all the circumstances that 
might exist and then try to 
make a fair determination. I 
think ultimately talking to all 
the parties involved, if someone 
assumed responsibility and said, 
"Look, my roommate wasn't part 
of that." In my mind, that would 
probably be a way to resolve that. 

LV: Lastly, The policy states, 
"Residential Life staff will 
NOT administer Breathalyzer 
tests." If a student is caught by 
an RA while in the presence 
of alcohol, can that student 
request the RA to call Public 
Safety in order to be tested? 

GK: They can and they 
should. I think anytime a student 
believes that there is evidence 
to demonstrate that they were 
in fact making good choices, 
and were not violating college 
policy, they should do that. It 
might take some time, there 
are only one to two, maximum 
three, officers on duty at a time. 
But again, requesting that, being 
reasonable, is a good thing to 
do. The question you didn't ask 
me, that is part of the use of the 
Breathalyzer, is that we do also 
use it to determine if a student 
is highly intoxicated and at risk. 
It isn't the only measure that we 
will look at, but if we believe a 
student is impaired to the point 
that their health and safety is at 
risk, one of the measures that 
we will use is the breathalyzer. 
We won't share that information 
with Annville Police, it is for 
internal use only. 

If you have any other questions 
about the alcohol policy, checkyour 
student handbook on page 178 or 
ask the Residential Life staff 

Tweet us your thoughts on 
the changes to the policy at 
#LVCAlcoholPolicy and be sure to 
check out the full video interview 
with Krikorian on La Vie Online. 

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4 La Vie Collegienne September 18, 2013 


Ryan Swigart '15 

Contributing Writer 

Freshman year is a time of great 
excitement; new experiences, 
and new friendships that can last 
a lifetime. But what if you were 
a 21 -year-old freshman? Would 
college life be different than if you 
were an 18-year-old freshman out 
of high school? Just ask Bobby 
Doughty '16, age 21. 

Doughty attended Meade High 
School, located in Hanover, MD. 
He played ice hockey and was one 
of the star players on the team. 
After high school, he joined the 
Junior Hockey League, which is a 
pre-pro league for those who are 
talented in ice hockey. As a result, 
Doughty was able play with his 
local team and was able to travel 
around the country for an entire 
year. At one point, the University 
of Connecticut offered him a 
scholarship that was later taken 
away because of a major injury 
that Doughty received at the end 

question. Some others asked why 
he was so much older than the 

Bobby Doughty '16 shares his experience as a 21 -year-old freshman 

into a problem. Many students 
wanted to use him to get alcohol. 
Doughty refused to do so because 
he wanted to follow the law and 
because he wanted a job in the 
criminal justice field. 

Now that he's a sophomore, 
Doughty rarely gets any of the 
same reactions and questions that 
he received a year ago. He feels 
that the friends that he has now 
actually value and look up to him. 

There are three hockey players 
this year that are 21 -year-old 
freshmen, Tyler Whitacre '17, Jake 
Thomas '17, and Joe Labonte '17. 

Doughty has a message for 
them. "Be smart with what you're 
doing," he says. "You are here for 
four years. Don't go crazy with 
partying your first year here; 
otherwise, it will greatly affect 
your academics. Make good 
friends and choices that will make 
you proud in the future." 

of the season. 

For the next year, Doughty had 
to go to three-hour rehab 
sessions three times a week 
while also working at Wal- 
Mart. Once rehab was over, 
he decided that he wanted to 
start looking at colleges. 

Doughty and his family 
decided that they wanted 
to attend a LVC Live event 
in mid-2012. He liked the 
college and met the hockey 
coach, Don Parsons, who 
wanted Doughty to try 
out for the hockey team. 
Doughty was able to make it 
on the team and he decided 
to enroll at LVC for the Fall 
2012 semester. 

When the fall semester 
started, Doughty was 20. 
Soon, he started to notice 
the problems of being an 
older freshman almost 
immediately. Some students 
assumed that Doughty was going 
to buy them alcohol without 

intelligence just because he was 
older than an average freshman. 
Doughty said some 
professors also questioned 
him about his age. 

He was asked why he 
entered college later than 
most students. Some wanted 
to know if he was held back 
for a couple of years. 

But when it came to 
hockey, Doughty said he felt 
immediately welcomed. 

Coach Parsons was 
not surprised to learn that 
Doughty was 21. It's not 
unusual for college hockey 
players to be older than the 
average student. He said his 
fellow players would treat 
him with respect and would 
sometimes go to him if they 
had a question since he had 
experience in the Junior 
Hockey League. 

Doughty turned 21 early 
average freshman. Sometimes in his second semester and at 
some students would question his that point his social life exploded 

: Doughty received at the end to buy them alcohol without some students would question his that point his social life exploded R. SWIGART rds004(3) 

Quebec study abroad program proposed for incoming freshman 

Nicki Shepski '15 programs study abroad again at but the signs are in French and stage, however. Whether or not and the process will continu 

Nicki Shepski '15 

Perspectives Editor 

During their summer 
vacations, people usually go 
to the beach, go camping, 
or just visit family. On the 
other hand, Dr. Kathleen 
Tacelosky, Chair of Languages 
and Associate Professor of 
Spanish, spent her summer 
researching a future study 
abroad program for incoming 
freshman students in Quebec. 

Last fall, President Thayne 
sent a request out to faculty for 
new ideas for the President's 
Innovation Fund. According 
to the call for proposals, "The 
fund was created to encourage 
pilot projects that have long- 
term, wide-reaching potential 
for fostering transformative 
learning on and off campus 
to include in all aspects of 
the student experience." 
Dr. Tacelosky proposed 
an innovative program to 
get incoming students to 
experience studying abroad 
before attending LVC. 
"Studies show that seventy- 
five percent of students that go 
on pre-first year study abroad 

programs study abroad again at 
some point," she explained. She 
then scouted out a potential 
program as if she were a student, 
living in the dorms at Universite 
Laval, attending French classes 
and experiencing the cultural life 
of Quebec. 

"I chose Quebec because 

but the signs are in French and 
people really prefer to speak 
French," said Dr. Tacelosky. As a 
result, the students participating 
in the program will have a 
French immersion experience. 
Dr. Tacelosky also encountered 
this immersion experience last 
summer. "At Universite Laval 








we could 
drive there. 
For incoming 
students and 
their parents, 
it doesn't 
seem so far 
or so foreign, 
yet Quebec 

offers rich cultural and linguistic 
diversity," says Dr. Tacelosky. 

Experiencing another 
language and culture is not 
the only aim of the Quebec 
experience, however. "The 
trip will allow participants to 
connect with other students and 
faculty members before coming 
to LVC," says Dr. Tacelosky. 

Quebec is also a French- 
speaking city and province. 
"Many people can speak English, 



we students could only speak 

In the program that she hopes 
to begin next year, students 
will probably be living with 
host families, attending classes 
(particularly French), and doing 
cultural activities. "There will be 
excursions that include natural 
and historic sites," says Dr. 
Tacelosky. The idea is that the 
program would be faculty-led. 

This is all still in the planning 

stage, however. Whether or not 
LVC will officially link up with 
Universite Laval is unclear. 
While in Quebec, Dr. Tacelosky 
also visited a few smaller schools 
with whom LVC could set up 
a program. The length of the 
program is also undecided. It 
needs to be long enough so that 
get the full 
experience, yet 
it needs to be 
short enough 
so they can still 
spend their 
"last" summer 
at home before 
joining the LVC 
The amount 
of knowledge that a student 
should have in French before 
participating is also unclear. 

In October, Dr. Tacelosky 
will give a formal presentation 
to Jill Russell, the Director of 
Study Abroad, her colleagues in 
the Department of Languages, 
President Thayne, and several 
members of the administrative 
staff about her summer trip and 
future plans. They will provide 
feedback regarding the plans, 

and the process will continue 
from there. 

The Admission staff will 
be the key to getting the word 
out to incoming students 
about the program. Since 
they are the only people on 
campus that really have any 
contact with future students, 
the program will be extremely 
reliant on them. 

Although the program 
is currently designed for 
incoming students, there is 
a possibility that Quebec 
study abroad options could 
be opened up to sophomore, 
junior, and senior students in 
the future. "Once we establish 
a relationship with a school, 
that's not out of the question," 
said Dr. Tacelosky. That is 
another phase in the process, 
however, and at this point it 
is important to develop the 
program one step at a time. 

N. SHEPSKI nes002(S) 

La Vie Cqllegienne September 18, 2013 5 


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Elizabeth Julian, Teaching Fellow 
and Acting Director of the Writing 
Center, in regards to a visit from 
members of Press 53. 

On Thursday, September 26, 
the Agnes O'Donnell Poets & 
Writers Series, hosted by the 
English department, will welcome 
poet Terri Kirby Erickson, local 
fiction writer Curtis Smith of 
Hershey and publisher/ editor 
Kevin Morgan Watson. All three 
hail from Press 53, an independent 
publishing company based in 
North Carolina that distributes 
short story and poetry collections. 

Founded in 2005 by Watson, they 
are known for their award-winning 
short story collections. 

During their visit, Press 53 will 
meet with Sally Clark's Intro to 
Creative Writing class for a special, 
intensive workshop. Afterwards, 
student workshops will be held 
from 2:30 to 4:30 PM in Leedy 
Theater for any LVC student, 
where students will break up into 
groups based on their interests. All 
students that wish to learn more 
about poetry will join Erickson, 
students that wish to learn more 
about fiction writing will join 
Smith and students that wish to 
learn more about publishing will 
join Watson. 

Later, at 7 PM, Erickson will 
read some of her poetry from her 
collections In The Palms of Angels 
and Telling Tales of Dusk. Smith 

will also read from his short-story 
collection Beasts & Men. Following 
the reading, Press 53 books can be 
purchased and signed by the very 
authors that wrote them! 

All of the above events are free 
and open to LVC students. "You 
don't have to be an English major 
in order to come," says Professor 
Julian. "If you like to write poetry 
or just like to write in general, you 
are more than welcome to join. 
I encourage all students to take 
advantage of this. I wish we had 
something like this when I went to 
school here!" 

To find out more about Press 
53, the works they publish, and the 
events to be held on September 26, 
visit or contact 
Professor Julian at julian(a) 




Downloading danger- is it worth it? 




Inappropriate for All Ages 


Carter Peters '15 
Jeff Dickens '16 

Contributing writers 

Every student on the LVC 
campus received an e-mail last week 
regarding illegal downloading. 
While many students may not 
have looked further into the issue, 
it is definitely something to be 
concerned about. 

The bulk of illegal downloading 
and sharing can be classified as 
music copyright infringement. The 
majority of the 25 students at LVC 
who were interviewed regarding 
LVC's downloading policy said 
that they have illegally downloaded 
or shared within the past year. Most 
students admit to downloading 
music from a sharing site such as 
FrostWire or some other torrent 

Downloading or sharing 
copyrighted material may seem 
like a relatively minor and difficult 
offense to detect, but according 
to Dave Shapiro, Director of 
Information Technology this is not 
the case. If there is illegal activity 
occurring, the IT department can 
easily distinguish it from normal 
internet activity. 

Students say that they download 
and share music files because they 
"cannot afford to pay for the music." 
How do these students plan to 
afford the (on average) $3,000 
fine by the Recording Industry 
Association of America (RIAA) if 

they're caught? 

"I just know that its bad/ one 
student candidly admitted. 

Even illegally downloading 
small files is an offense. The 
severity of the offense is usually 
determined by popularity of the file 
in question, according to Shapiro. 
Further damages can be assessed 
by considering the number of files 
being shared or downloaded over 
the campus internet. 

Students that were interviewed 
were generally unaware of the 
specific consequences if caught. 
"I'm unsure what the consequences 
entail on campus/' observed one 

Another said, "I don't know 
the consequences. I just don't like 
getting in any form of trouble, so I 
avoid it." 

The Higher Education 
Opportunity Act, linked in the 
e-mail sent to all students, outlines 
what colleges must do "to detect 
and punish illegal distribution of 
copyrighted materials." Based on 
these requirements, IT Services 
has developed a policy to combat 
illegal activity. 

IT Services has a three step 
system used to discipline students 
who do not abide by the copyright 
laws. First, the student must meet 
with Shapiro to discuss stopping 
any further downloads or sharing. 
The second step in the discipline 
system involves a meeting with the 
dean as well as Shapiro to talk about 

potential further action. This 
leads to the third step, which is 
revocation of internet privileges 
or even further consequence 
from Student Affairs. 

Getting in trouble for such 
activity begins with a letter 
from RIAA to the staff at IT 
Services. The letter describes the 
offense, also giving a specific IP 
address to identify the device 
used to download or share the 
material. From here, IT Services 
is triggered to watch data going 
in and out of this device, and can 
take action against the student if 

Downloading or sharing 
illegal files has serious legal 
ramifications outside of the 
penalties LVC administers. IT 
Services acts as a buffer between 
the legal system and the student, 
protecting the student from any 
law suit that may follow illegal 
sharing or downloading of 
copyrighted files. 

The stance of the IT 
department is that "College is 
a learning opportunity," says 
Shapiro. Students should not 
have to deal with a lawsuit during 
his or her academic semester, 
and IT Services is available and 
willing to protect the student 
from such legal actions with 
fair warnings and reasonable 


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6 La Vie Collegienne September 18, 2013 


The Minor Things in Life 

What we think about when we think about love 

Mallory Minor ' 1 5 

Staff Writer 

Love. A simple four-letter 
word ; yet so complex in its own 
great boundaries. A single mean- 
ing with multiple variations. An 
emotion every girl dreams of, but 
only a few are so lucky to ever truly 

Since we were little girls, our 
hopes and dreams were built up 
by Disney movies and fantasy 
weddings. Love was created into 
our minds as this facade, a fairy 
tale that little girls experience at a 
young age. 

And that isn't the case for every 
hopeful girl. Some girls search a 
lifetime for the romance they were 
promised as a child, others find it 

But love isn't like the movies. 
Mr. Right doesn't jump out at you 
and say, "Here I am." Instead, its a 

tangled web, a path not so easily 
taken. You can date many people 
before you meet the one that 
you're destined to be with. 

Even then, how do you 
know they're "the one?" 
What if, one day after years 
of a relationship, you meet 
someone who makes you 
question everything up until 
that moment? Do you drop 
what you know? Forget the 
person you once thought 
you loved? 

That "What If" of life is 
sometimes the most difficult 
concept to grasp. It could 
change your life at the blink 
of an eye and the only thing 
you can do is to have no re- 
grets when it happens. 

Every romance movie 
portrays couples falling in love so 
easily and getting that crush to no- 
tice you as so simple. 

That makes real women feel as 
if we're doing something wrong. 

life is basically over. 

But life isn't about dating or 
crushing. It's about finding 
that person that makes you 
so happy. It's about falling in 
love so that no other person 
attracts your attention, be- 
cause nothing in the world 
could be greater than what 
you feel for them. 

Love is a powerful emo- 
tion, one so great and so vast 
that it can overcome your 
life. We often get lost search- 
ing for something to fill that 
empty void. 

Through the many rela- 
tionships we bestow upon 
ourselves, we tend to never 
be satisfied. We always think 
that the grass is greener on 
Mallory Minor x 15 / LA VIE the other side, and tend to 
Like if the hottie you've been eye- lose focus on what we do have, 
ing up isn't even looking your way, We pick apart the relationships we 
or if you're twenty and single, your share and harvest the need to al- 

ways want something greater than 
what is right in front of us. 

Most of us will end up in love, 
out of love, and fall for someone 
who treats us the way we each de- 
serve to be treated. But in the end, 
it all comes down to one thing: 
We only truly settle for the love we 
think we deserve. 


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Valley s Voices: 

Students React to President Obama's Speech about Intervening in Syria 

President Barrack Obama last week addressed the nation and the world, explaining his reasoning for the possibility of launching a limited military strike against Syria for 
that country's alleged use of chemical weapons that killed an estimated 1,400 men, women, and children. Obama said that he is seeking a diplomatic solution in Syria and asked 
Congress to postpone its vote on American intervention in Syria. 

The speech was panned by critics, who said Russian President Vladimir Putin stole Obama's thunder when he became a player in attempting to negotiate an end to the 
threatened confrontation. 

Several LVC students were asked for their views on developments between the U.S. and Syria. The question posed to these students was, "How is President Obama handling 
the Syrian situation"?" 

Stephanie Behrends '15 

Business Administration Major 

"Obama doesn't want to have 
international conflict but I think 
he feels obligated to." 

Nick Ensminger ' 1 7 

Actuarial Science Major 

"As well as could be expected 
with his goals but as a Nobel 
Peace Prize winner, I don't think 
invading another country is the 
best thing to do." 

Nick Hoover '16 

Actuarial Science Major 

Gabbi PretotlS 

Mathematics Major 

James Willey' 17 

Psychology Major 

"He wants to go to war, which "I've heard a lot of negative 

I understand, but it's to the point and positive responses. I think he 

where you've got to stop fighting is handling it as well as he can." 
other people s battles." 

"I think he is handling it very 
well. Most people would just 
bomb Syria, but there are inno- 
cent people who live there." 

Compiled by Grace Bailey '17 

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LVC Football: The Freshman Experience 


Wednesday, 9/18 

Field Hockey 
vs Johns Hopkins University 

6 p.m. 

Men's Soccer 
at Susquehanna University 

7 p.m. 

Women's Volleyball 
at Widener University 
7 p.m. 

Friday, 9/20 

Women's Volleyball 
vs Frostburg State University 
6 p.m. 

Saturday, 9/21 

vs King's College 
1 p.m. 

For more game times, visit 



Elliott Bonds 
Ien's Cross Country 

This past week, Bonds earned his 
first career CC Runner of the Week 
award, which made it the second 
straight week it's gone to an LVC 
runner. He won the Misericordia 
Cougar Classic in 27:44. 

Brian Murphy 

Although the Dutchmen had a tough 
loss to MAC opponent Widener, 
Murphy still had a good game. 
Murphy led the team on the ground 
with 61 rushing yards, and also threw 
for 222 yards, completing 16-28 for 
two touchdowns. 


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Kyle Wenger ' 14 
Morgan Heller '15 

Contributing Writers 

Transitioning from senior 
year of high school to freshman 
year of college is packed 
with changes and challenges. 
Athletics are no exception. 
Incoming freshmen football 
players are scratching the 
surface of that transition both 
academically and athletically. 

Most college athletes are 
usually the best players on their 
high school team, but in college 
everyone enters on an equal 
playing field. 

"In college football, the 
playing field is much more level. 
No longer are there a handful of 
superstars that will dominate on 
either side of the ball/' freshman 
offensive lineman Connor 
Feeney from Schuylkill Valley 
said. "Now, every player is 
elite and can compete at a high 

level, making the game more 
competitive and entertaining." 

The freshmen football 
players are quickly learning that 
they are no longer entitled to 
their position on the field and 
they must learn an entirely new 
offensive and defensive system. 

Head football coach Jim 
Monos meets with the freshmen 
prior to the first team meeting 
to explain his expectations. 

"I tell them they need to 
understand that our terminology 
is different, our coaching styles 
are different, and they need to 
learn this new system in order to 
contribute," Coach Monos said. 

Monos also meets with the 
parents of incoming freshmen 
to explain what their son is 
going to experience as an LVC 
football player. One of the main 
challenges as a freshman is to 
work their way up the depth 

"In high school I knew I 

had my position locked up, but 
in college every practice is a 
competition and an evaluation," 
said freshman offensive 
lineman Bryant Weller from 
Huntingdon, PA. 

One of the hardest challenges 
the freshmen have to overcome 
is being a member of the service 

The service team is a team 
that acts as the upcoming 
opponents during practice, 
which is mostly made up of 
freshmen. For many this is the 
hardest adjustment coming out 
of high school. 

"My expectations of coming 
in as a freshman was to learn the 
system, help the team get better 
and help myself get better," said 
freshman outside linebacker 
Brandon Houser from Milton 
Hershey. "One way to improve 
myself is by going against the 
first team offense while I'm on 
service team." 

Being a freshman football 
player is not all about doing the 
dirty work. 

At LVC there is a JV Football 
program for freshmen and some 
of the sophomores, which helps 
with the transition from high 
school because they get to play 
in games. 

"Football practice is hard 
work, but the prize is playing 
in a game. The JV program 
establishes a sense of team with 
the younger players and they get 
to develop their skills they have 
been taught in practice," said 
football coach Monos. 

"When all is said and done 
I believe in giving our student- 
athletes an opportunity to be 
successful academically and 
athletically. I believe football 
teaches many life skills that 
assist the student-athlete in 



Hot Start for Men s and Women's Tennis 

Dan Callahan '14 

Sports Editor 

Season openers are a defining 
moment for your team. They 
showcase how hard you have 
worked in the off-season, if you 
have improved from last season, 
and where you are heading as a 

For the men's and women's 
tennis teams, they each made 
quite a statement in their 
openers, with the men beating 

Susquehanna 8-1, and the 
women winning 6-3. 

In the men's match, 
they won every doubles match 
and all but one singles match. 
Senior Ryan Weitzel won twice 
on Saturday, in both No. 1 
singles and doubles. 

Other victories from the 
men's team include Sam 
Calabria '15 at No. 3 singles 
who then teamed up for win 
in double with Eric Rebellato 
'17, and Jordan Shankroff '15 

at No. 4 singles and taking a 
No. 2 doubles win with Andrew 
Wilson '14. 

The women's side of the 
court was not as easy of a win as 
the men had, as they came back 
for their 6-3 opening win. They 
started off winning just one of 
three doubles matches, but took 
the next five singles matches to 
claim their victory. 

Junior Lori Noble highlighted 
the match, coming back from 
a set down to win in the No. 

4 singles slot. Senior Meghan 
Muccilli also won her singles 
match, after a tiebreak in the 
third set at No. 2 singles. 

Christie Graf '14, Mary Kate 
Lemon '15, and Nicole Krakum 
'15 all coasted easily to their 
singles matches wins. 

Both teams will host Arcadia 
on Saturday. 




The transition from high school 
to college football p. 7 

Successful season openers for 
tennis teams p. 7 

Win and Draw for Men s Soccer 

Get back on track with win over Eastern Mennonite 

Cody Manmiller '16 

Staff Writer 

The men's soccer team from 
Lebanon Valley College was 
looking to get back on track 
after losing their first game of 
the year to Eastern Univeristy. 
On Wednesday^ the team was 
able to make their return to 
the win column against Eastern 
Mennonite, but could not keep 
the momentum through the 

Lebanon Valley had to 
travel over three hours to 
Harrisonburg, Virginia to take 
on EMU on Wednesday. After 
the first twenty minutes, it 
looked as if LVC was affected 
by the long trip following a loss. 
They went down 1-0 to EMU 
thanks to a goal from David 

The response from LVC was 
exactly what the doctor ordered. 

Goalie James Clements hit 
a long ball over the defense to 
freshman Josh Ferguson, who 
dribbled around the keeper 
and put away his sixth goal of 
the season. Then, less than a 
minute before halftime, another 

freshman, Ian McGinnis, scored 
his second goal of the season 
when found the back of the net 
off a through ball from Curtis 
Washburn. McGinnis added 
another in the second half with 
just over 20 minutes remaining. 

It was a quality performance 
from LVC especially after a 
long road trip and a loss in their 
previous match. 

The Dutchmen were not 
able to win another game 
through the weekend on their 
home field against Moravian. 
The two teams played to a 0-0 
draw and even two overtimes 
could not separate the two 
squads. Although it did not 
result in a loss, LVC still wanted 
better results on Herbert Field. 
Lebanon Valley had 17 shots 
while Moravian was only able to 
tally six of them. 

On Wednesday, LVC travels 
to Susquehanna for a highly 
anticipated matchup between 
two of the better teams in the 
region. Then, on Saturday, the 
Dutchmen will host Wilkes at 
Herbert Field. 


cdmoo2(a) MAKING MOVES Curtis Washburn looks to control the ball. 

Women tie Wilkes, cruise past Susquehanna 

Cody Manmiller ' 1 6 

Staff Writer 

After beating Marywood 
University in their previous 
game, the Lebanon Valley 
College women's soccer team 
was able to push their streak to 
three games without a loss after 
back-to-back results against 
Wilkes and Susquehanna. 

On the road, the Dutchmen 
played Wilkes to a 1-1 tie after 
neither team was able to score 
in either overtime period. 
LVC gave up a goal less than 

two minutes into the game 
to Alicia Roberts of Wilkes. 
Lebanon Valley finally was able 
to equalize in the 77th minute 
when Amanda Douglass assisted 
Rachel Cummings for her first 
goal of the season. LVC was able 
to outshoot the Colonels, 18- 

Following the team s 1-1 draw 
to Wilkes, LVC played a home 
game on Kid s Day on Saturday. 
This contest was all Lebanon 
Valley after they scored four 
goals on 17 shots. Susquehanna 

was only able to get off three 
total shots in the dominating 
performance from the Valley. 
Heather Tran scored the lone 
goal in the first half but Jess 
Kleeschulte, Amanda Douglass 
and Raeann La Flame all added 
one in the second half to reach 
the mark of four. Keeper Becca 
Sykes made two saves for LVC. 

On Saturday, Lebanon Valley 
will host Eastern University 
at noon at Herbert Field for 
Special Olympics Day. 

c. manmiller cdm002(o) IN TRANSIT Heather Tran takes the ball upfield.